Air China Debuts 747-8 Intercontinental on First International Route
Air China announced the launch of a Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental on its New York-Beijing route. The route is the first international service that the carrier has deployed the 747-8 Intercontinental on.
Air China will use the aircraft to operate one of its two daily flights between the cities. The carrier will continue to use a Boeing 777-300ER for the other flight.
The airline said that the 747-8 Intercontinental will offer “double-digit improvements” in fuel consumption over the Boeing 747-400, the aircraft’s predecessor, as well as emit 30% less noise. The interior of the plane also has more room for carry-ons, as well as significantly more personal space.
The aircraft uses some of the same technology that is found in the 787 Dreamliner, an aircraft that went into service in December 2011, as well as all-new wing and engine designs.
The 747-8 Intercontinental is the first aircraft in Air China’s fleet with a four-cabin configuration. The plane is outfitted with 12 suites in first class, 54 lie-flat seats in business class, 66 seats in premium economy, and 233 seats in economy.
Air China’s flights with the 747-8 Intercontinental depart Beijing Capital International Airport at 1:00 p.m. and arrive at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 1:30 p.m. the same day. Flights from New York depart at 3:50 p.m. and arrive in Beijing at 6:20 p.m. the following day.
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